Friday, September 22, 2017

Herbener on The Tom Woods Show on The Standard of Living

My friend and Department Chairman, Jeffrey Herbener, was on the Tom Woods Show talking about the American standard of living. Is it falling, and will our children will be worse off than we are? Herbener and Woods talk about it.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Socialism: Dream and Reality

I was again asked to be a guest on the program A Plain Answer on the Redeemer Broadcasting network. Host Dan Elmendorf and I applied both economics and Christian ethics in considering the dream versus the reality of Socialism. There was even a bit of the Westminster Longer Catechism thrown in. A good time was had by all. You can listen to the half-hour program by clicking here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Not Dead, but Deadening

Alas, the dream of socialism is not dead. A perusal of the on-going New York Times series "The Red Century" reveals that well enough. One contribution to the series calls for a revival of socialism--this time it really will be more democratic, kinder, and gentler. It has been reported that membership in the Democrat Socialists of America is at an all-time high.

Before we giddily embrace socialism as the cure for our economic ills, we should be very aware of what we would be in for if we did. Watch the presentation below and be instructed. Rafael Acevedo and Luis B. Cirocco told the sad tale of their own nation Venezuela at the most recent Mises University at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.


Please don't be fooled by the siren song of socialism. It leaves poverty, starvation, and death in its wake.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ritenour on A Plain Answer

Dan Elmendorf and I discussed issues relating to personal finance that my wife and I learned relatively early in our marriage that helped us avoid some financial pitfalls on this week's episode of A Plain Answer. It is a program on the Redeemer Broadcasting Network. You can listen to the podcast of the program by clicking here.

Although most of the time we discuss personal finance issues, we do talk about the effects of the Federal Reserve holding interest rates down so low for so long (Hint: they are not good). We also talk briefly about President Trump's economic policy decisions thus far.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ritenour on the Tom Woods Show!

Talking Mises Reader. On his show today Tom and I have a fun discussion about my new edited volumes of works and excerpts by Ludwig von Mises. Woods calls it a great intermediate level introduction to Mises and Austrian economics. We also get into Mises' economics proper. You can listen to the episode below:


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Mises Reader!

I have edited a new book The Mises Reader published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute. In the introduction to the volume I write:
The Mises Reader is intended to give a taste of the many facets of Mises’s thought in a way that accessibly communicates most of his key contributions to the social sciences. It therefore includes excerpts from his larger and more technically demanding works side-by-side with shorter, more introductory articles and lectures. The finished product is sort of an intelligent person’s guide to the work of Ludwig von Mises. It is especially suitable for those with an interest in Mises, but find jumping right into Human Action, Socialism, or The Theory of Money and Credit rather daunting. The hope is to give the reader a survey of Mises’s insights in a format that nourishes his intellectual soul, while also whetting the appetite for his larger corpus of work. Those ready to dive into deeper Misesian waters are encouraged to pick up The Mises Reader Unabridged which contains all of the material in The Mises Reader plus over 125 pages of additional material, primarily from his more scholarly works. It is hoped that together these two volumes will foster a rising generation of citizens more thoroughly acquainted with sound economics and the principles of the free society.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

International Conference of Prices and Markets

I just spent a tremendous day at the 2016 International Conference of Prices and Markets! I was blessed to present a paper on modern growth theory in light of Ludwig von Mises. I was also blessed to hear papers by David Howden, Glenn Fox, George Bragues, and Pierre Desrochers. A good time was had by all.